Wednesday, September 7, 2016

37 Week Pregnancy Update: What I Ate


We are TWO WEEKS til go time, people!  I have my c-section scheduled for September 21st, so in just a couple weeks, Phoebe will be here.  You may remember a few years ago when I had a bunch of posts about having some surgery.  Well, because of that, I can't have a regular birth, so we're going c-section.  Of course I'm nervous, but I'm confident in my medical staff and hope things go great.  My doc today said this pregnancy has gone really smoothly, and that medically I'm looking great.


I'm 37+4 weeks today, actually, so 38 weeks is right around the corner.  I'm enjoying my big bump, although it's fairly itchy.  Before I get into all the pregnancy stats, I wanted to do a What I Ate breakdown.  This is probably more food than I usually eat in a day, but I've been having to eat more often to keep from getting a really acidic stomach.


I had my OB checkup early this morning, so I wanted to start with something light.  So, I had a glass of ice water and a yogurt.  All I crave is ice cold water, and it really gets the baby moving.  Win win.



After my checkup, I ran to Whole Foods to grab something healthy for lunch and a heartier breakfast.  I love these little tacos.  They're stuffed full of eggs and potatoes, and it hit the spot.




At Whole Foods, they had pre-made mock chicken sandwiches, made with their in house fake chicken.  So. good.  I got that with a side of caprese salad.  I'd never had that before, but it was creamy and delicious.




I spent the afternoon sketching on an apartment complex I'm trying to finish up.  I only have 1 more week of work after this one before I start maternity leave, so I've got quite a bit of things to wrap up before that.  I munched on this mango filled yogurt for a late afternoon snack.


It was another Whole Foods snag.  Very tasty.  I crave fruit a lot.




We ordered Chinese food on Labor Day, so we finished up the leftovers tonight.  I also had some slabs of tofu in marinade from banh mi's we've been making, so I pan fried some of those.  It was a yummy, veggie filled dinner.  I could live on broccoli.  I always want it.


The bump likes fruits and veggies, too.  I had to work more when I got home, but it hasn't been too bad.  I really want to get my projects settled before I leave, because I don't plan on coming back until January.  I feel like it's going to be strange to take such a big step back from work, but I know it'll be worth it.

37 Week Pregnancy Update

Days til C-section: 14

Cravings:  Ice, broccoli, fruit

Weird Symptoms:  I had the blood blister on my finger biopsied, and it turned out to be a pyogenic granuloma.  Apparently, it's some weird blood vessel thing you can get while pregnant, and although it sucked to have one, it could have been in a much worse place, like my face.  They're sometimes called pregnancy tumors, because they're common.  My dermatologist did a great job taking it off, and it's almost all healed.

Currently loving:  Binge watching The Office.  I love this show, and I'm enjoying just relaxing and watching some TV before the baby gets here.  I also watched all of the second season of Outlander, because my bestie Devon is great and got me a Starz subscription.  Hi Devon!

Currently hating:  Bedtime.  It's when acid reflux and being uncomfortable really set in.  Oh, and the having to pee...

Mood:  Feeling really happy and also anxious.  Knowing when she's going to be here is awesome, but there's that small fear that I'll go into labor before the 21st.  We'll see!  I've also had a bit more energy and have done some nesting.

Nursery:  Pretty much done!  We just need to hang some of the awesome art we received.

Sleep:  As I said, not great.  I get up every hour and being horizontal makes reflux awful.

Exercise:  Pretty much non-existent at this point. I got such bad round ligament pain walking through Kroger with Josh on Saturday that I just sat on a bench and let him finish the shopping.  I walk as much as I can, but my fitness level definitely tanked.

Baby movement:  She sleeps a lot lately and is definitely cramped, but when she moves, it shakes my whole belly.  I really love it when she rolls around in there, so hopefully she'll keep moving a lot right up until C day.

Big Excitement for the Week:  My girlfriends bought us a house cleaning for my birthday, which will be this Friday.  It was an incredibly thoughtful gift, and it will help ease some anxiety I have about sitting around a dirty house once the baby is here.

That's what's going on with us.  It's going to be a pretty busy week and a half trying to get work wrapped up, but Josh and I will hopefully have a few days to relax before the baby gets here.  We got our deep freezer this past weekend, so I hope to do some batching cooking this weekend.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Hello Fresh Vegetarian Box Review


As my due date gets closer and closer, my urge to cook has really tanked.  So, I was super happy when my friend Ashley over at NeverHomeMaker did a Hello Fresh box giveaway, and I won!



The first meal in the box was Jamie's Super Tasty Gnocchi.  This was so tasty and easy.  You basically boil the gnocchi, cook down the veggies, and toss it all together.  This made a TON of gnocchi.  It was definitely enough for 4 servings.




The next meal we tried out was the Heirloom Tomato Flatbread.  I had some leftover sausage for Josh from the farmer's market, so I put that on half.  He's really been enjoying the veggie meals, but of course, he would prefer meat.  This seemed like a good instance to throw some on.  I expected this meal to not be terribly filling, thus the extra gnocchi in the picture, but it was SO filling.  The crust was fluffy, the pesto was creamy, and the mozz cheese was great.



The dish came with arugula tossed with balsamic and olive oil, which we topped our pizza with.  Now, I'm not a big fan of arugula, so I tried it, but mostly left this off.

The third meal that came in our box was Quinoa Stuffed Peppers,  which unfortunately, we didn't eat.  It looked tasty, but we just never got around to making it.  Apparently, even though Hello Fresh is easy, it was still more than I wanted to mess with as pregnant as I am.  I think that dish didn't sound as great as the other ones.  It did look great.

I am not getting anymore boxes right now, but I think it's a great option for busy people.  The boxes are 60 bucks and come with 3 meals, which says 2 servings a piece.  I think the servings are crazy generous, though, so you could possibly get two meals out of each.

So, I would definitely give this a try, if you are looking for some easy meals.  Now, I don't think this would be the best for vegans, because you don't get to customize the vegetarian boxes.  The meat boxes give you the option to pick which 3 recipes you want.  But, if you're a cheese/egg eater, it would be an easy way to get some creative dinner ideas into your kitchen.

This post is not sponsored at all.  I won a free gift box and tried it out.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

35 Week Pregnancy Update


Man, I didn't realize it's been so long since I did one of these!  I had my 35 week checkup at the doc yesterday, and now I'm going every week.  No dilation yet, which is good.  I'm definitely ready to meet her, but she needs to cook a bit longer.  Speaking of "her", I'm ready to share the name...


Yep!  Our little space baby is Phoebe.  It was our first choice, and we kept coming back to it.  Still no middle name, though.  We're working on it.  I didn't change my last name when I got married, so she'll be taking Josh's last name.




The nursery is almost done and has been quite a project.  I really love how it's turning out.  We still need to hang peg board over the changing table and put up all the awesome art we've received, but our little celestial nursery is almost done.  I did the constellation accent wall a few weeks back, and I have a whole post coming on that specifically.  It's the constellations in the sky in September in the Northern Hemisphere.  I think it turned out really fun.


Food has been so hit or miss lately.  I barely have room for dinner, and heart burn has been so bad that I haven't wanted anything at night.  However, I have felt ok this week, so Sunday I went with my girlfriends to the Farmer's Market and picked up stuff to make this dinner above.  It was pasta, veggie crumbles, kale, zucchini, freshly canned mushroom tomato sauce, fresh baked bread with local pesto, and a little cheese on top.  Very yummy.  I actually got gifted a Hello Fresh box from NeverHomeMaker, so I'll be doing a review of that soon, too.  If you haven't checked out Ashley's blog, definitely go over and give it a read.  There are great vegetarian recipes, parenting posts, running inspiration, and homesteading.  I've been reading for like 7 years now, and it's one of my favorites.


Only a month to go!  Thankfully, the heat broke last week, and it hasn't been too bad weather wise.  

35 WEEK PREGNANCY UPDATE

Days til Due: 32

Cravings:  Ice cream.  Quinoa.  Edemame.  Sprite.  That's basically my diet right now.  

Weird Symptoms:  The heart burn is still raging, although it's been a bit less this week.  I can't lay down if I've eaten within the last 2 hours, or it's horrible.  It's probably my least favorite part of pregnancy.  I've also developed a weird blood blister on my finger.  I'm going to the dermatologist tomorrow to have it checked out.  Hopefully it's nothing.

Currently loving:  Sitting in the nursery.  The recliner we bought is super comfy.  I'm also loving lunch salads full of quinoa and ice water.  I think strangers recognize that I'm pregnant now, because I get a lot of smiles.  I enjoy that, because most of this pregnancy I have just looked like I'd eaten a bit too much at lunch.

Currently hating: Having to walk long distances, being too hot, sleeping.  I get up so many times to pee that I'm actually disappointed when I wake up and it's only midnight.  I guess that's just getting me ready to be up all night with Phoebe.

Mood:  Much better this week.  I was really run down this weekend and yesterday, but a few naps and going to bed earlier have helped.  

Nursery:  Almost done!  We painted, got new carpet, changed out all the device plates, built furniture, organized all her clothes, finished the mural, and are now down to just a couple things.  We finally picked up all the items off our registry, so we're ready to rock.  It took me an entire day to wash all the clothes we have been gifted from friends.  Thankfully, most of my girlfriends had girls, so we didn't have to get her any new clothes.  I did buy her a little bear suit for the winter because CUTE.

Sleep:  Not great.  I wake up every hour or so to pee, which isn't great.  It's also been a bit hot and I've had a headache the last couple nights.  

Exercise:  This has really dropped off in the 3rd trimester.  It was so hot the past month and my feet were so swollen that I was pretty much stuck in the recliner after work.  Now that it's in the 80's again, I've been more active.  I need to add a little more yoga to my routine and to make it to the pool more often.  

Baby Movement:  She is much bigger, so I really feel those movements now.  She also gets the hiccups at least twice a day, which is always cute.  Some days she's more active than others, but she usually has a dance party at night.  It's pretty awesome.  

Big Excitement for the Week:  This is unrelated to baby, but I turn 31 on Saturday, and we're going wedding dress shopping for my sister.  I think it's going to be really fun, and I'm looking forward to it.

So, maybe I'll get in another update before the baby comes, but at this rate, who knows!  I appreciate you all continuing to read, even though my posting is a lot more erratic.  Not sure what direction this will all take after she's here, but I know it's an outlet that I enjoy, so I hope to keep it up!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Third Trimester Eats: Dining Out


Man, just looking at that picture above gives me heart burn, yet it was delicious.  Right now, everything gives me heart burn, or I get nauseated 3 hours after I eat.  Yay pregnancy.

So, I recently shared what I've been making at home, but I thought I would give you guys a snapshot of what I order when eating out lately.  It changes constantly, but I've been trying to cram in as many veggies as I can while dining out.




Awhile back, we had an office lunch at Trio's, and I was starving.  This was a few weeks ago when I actually had an appetite.  It seems to have disappeared lately.  I think she's taking up so much room now (33 weeks, people!) that it's hard to eat too much.  This lunch was great, though. Their tomato/dill soup was yummy, and the egg salad sandwich was great.  I really hadn't had egg salad in about a decade, but it was protein packed and good for baby.  I couldn't resist this piece of chocolate peanut butter pie.  I've actually been thinking about this pie a lot lately, and I may need to venture back for another taste.  That's one thing that's new to me: the raging sweet tooth.  Hopefully this girl comes out wanting more than chocolate.


I probably find myself at Whole Foods grabbing lunch at least a few times a month, and I usually pile it high with veggies and tofu.  They almost always have a nacho bar now, which is super tempting.  I try to add a bunch of broccoli to balance it out.


Most days, I crave a huge salad, like this one from Izzy's.  It's so hot here, so anything fresh and light usually hits the spot.


Izzy's also has a really tasty veggie burger that you can get with a side salad, which is what I did here.  It's not vegan (eggs), but it's filled with corn and beans, and it comes with lots of toppings.  You can get it on a bun, too, but I like it with a salad.


Josh and I indulged a few weeks ago at Big Orange, where I got this heart burn inducing mushroom melt (with veggie patty) burger.  It was SO good.  I only ate half of it, but it was still amazing.



I had this fairly lackluster lunch at The Main Cheese recently.  It was tomato soup, which was kind of gritty, and their veggie sandwich, which was ok, but the sandwich and the fries were cold.  The service was really bad, and they were empty.  I'm not sure how long this place will last.


So, not a restaurant, but I've been killing some lemonade in this heat.  It's so good.  I have a little bit, and it definitely makes the baby dance.


Of course, my obsession with tomatoes and mozzarella hasn't stopped, so I enjoyed this simple pizza at US Pizza on a date night with Josh recently.  It made a good lunch the next day, too.


Random happy pregnancy selfie!  Things have been going pretty well as we get closer and closer to the due date.  I have a checkup on Wednesday, so I'll share an update later this week.  I've also been working on a ton of art that I'd like to share as well.  The nursery is still a disaster, but more on that later.  Hope you're having some tasty eats!

What's the best restaurant meal you've had lately?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Third Trimester Eats: Home Cooking


I've been building up a phone full of photos to share with you guys, and I finally sat down to do it.  I'll probably do another pregnancy update next week, but things are going well.  I've been doing quite a bit of cooking, but I've also been repeating the same things over and over.


We're still making banh mi's a lot.  They're tasty and easy.  What else could you ask for?  It's really the perfect summer food.


A few weeks ago, I had a total pregnancy melt down around dinner.  I couldn't figure out what I wanted, and we didn't have much food in the house.  So, I busted out some frozen hash browns, mixed it with cheese, flour, jalapeno, and an egg, and fried up these yummy potato pancakes.  Now we've been repeating the recipe.


Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have been my JAM so to speak. hehe.  I make them for work lunches a lot.



Speaking of work lunches, I've been making lots of salads + sandwich combos.  There have been many tofu sandwiches with watermelon salad, and lately I've been really loving pesto/tomato/mozzarella with a quinoa salad.



So great!  I love farmer's market tomatoes in the summer.  They're pretty much the best thing ever.



We've been making a ton of co-meal flatbread pizzas lately.  They're so quick and easy.  I've been repeating the caprese salad toppings on these, too.  Can't stop won't stop.



I've been baking quite a bit still, although I don't turn the oven on as much lately.  I'm still making those amazing chocolate chip cookies, and lately I've been throwing some blueberry muffins into the mix.



Eggs and toast have also been a big hit with my baby belly.  It always seems to satisfy me.


We went to my parents' for 4th of July, and my mom had amazing spreads every day of our trip.  We had a big cookout where she made beast burgers, veggie dogs, potato green bean salad, and my favorite corn casserole from when I was a kid.  It was so yummy.



Josh made these amazing tacos with Beyond Meat crumbles, and I made a jicama mango salad to go with it.  I love taco night.


... and of course, I've been drinking a ton of water!  I even ordered a second Nalgene so I could have one chilling in the fridge at all times.  Cold water for the win!

What have you been eating lately?